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Best of the South: From Ten Years of New Stories from the South (New Stories from the South)

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Since 1986, New Stories from the South has brought the best short fiction of the year to the attention of a national audience. The series has been called “the collection others should use as a model” (the Charlotte Observer), and for twenty years it has held to that standard.

When Anne Tyler helped us celebrate the first ten years of the series in Best of the South, 1986–
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 4th 1996 by Algonquin Books (first published 1996)
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Djrmel
A wonderful collection of "the best" short stories from the annual anthology New Stories From The South, this is a collection of writings from contemporary writers that all have their roots, if not their body, in the South. A few are Southern-Gothic, a few are simple slice-of-life, and few almost fall into historical fiction territory. They are all extremely well told short stories, never failing to honor what I think is the one rule of this genre: Clarity. No matter how soft and fuzzy a charact ...more
Krista
Lord have mercy! Aren't there any happy stories to tell? I grew up in the South and I know for certain that there are some non-dysfunctional families there and stories with happy endings!

While I enjoyed reading this collection (I read most of them) it started to wear me down. I loved the language and the richness of the writing, but after a while it just wasn't doing anything for me.

Melanie
Interesting mix of short stories. I liked some more than others, but I'll definitely check out more of these collections, which come out every year.
Bebe
I belong to a Short Story book club, we read and discussed this book over a year of monthly meetings, the book stories inside sparked alot of conversation and discussion. I would recommend it.
Liz
A few good stories here, some not so great.
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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. The Beginner's Goodbye is Anne Tyler's nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts a ...more
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